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[Updated 9/21] Money Follows the Person – Empower Care Act

Latest 9/21: Thursday, September 13th, a one-year extension of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Grant Program was approved by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. We will be sharing success stories (below) leading up to the House vote on this extension (expected in…

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Support of Early Education Funding – August 2018

Background: In conjunction with the start of school and this week’s U.S. Senate consideration of a major funding bill, we ask Congress to finalize robust funding for Easterseals-operated early intervention and learning programs, including Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities, the Early Intervention Program for…

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U.S. Senate To Consider Supreme Court Nominee

8/7 – This fall, the U.S. Senate is expected to consider President Trump’s nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, for the U.S. Supreme Court. Decisions made by the Supreme Court can impact the lives of all Americans, including children and adults with disabilities served by Easterseals….

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[Resolved] Legislation to Delay Electronic Visit Verification

UPDATE 7.31. On July 30, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation (H.R. 6042) supported by Easterseals to delay implementation of the electronic visit verification (EVV) requirement for certain Medicaid services. The new law provides states an additional year to implement the EVV system for…

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Medicaid Anniversary 2018

For the anniversary of Medicaid this year we will be putting further support behind the Money Follows the Person program. Please see these additional resources along with the following messaging below:   Help Promote Community Living and Services for Individuals with Disabilities   Dear Supporter,…

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Statement on Threats to Healthcare (July 2018)

Background: This statement is to address any previous and upcoming threats to healthcare, including movements to repeal, cuts or caps to funding, actions involving the risk adjustment program and protections for people pre-existing conditions.   Full statement 7/17: Easterseals Statement on Threats to Access to…

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Family Separations at Southern Border

Summary: The following is in response to the recent action to end immigration policies/actions that separate children from parents.   Statement:   We are encouraged to see that action is being taken to keep parents and children together. As a leading provider of early learning…

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Attacks on the ACA’s Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

Latest (6/7) – U.S. Department of Justice’s made a decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act against a recent lawsuit.   6/12/2018: Easterseals Statement Easterseals Statement on Threats to the Protections for Individuals with Disabilities and Pre-existing Conditions   Social Media & Messaging  …

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Easterseals Thanks Congressional Champions for their Support of the Senior Community Service Employment

(Washington, D.C.) Easterseals, a national organization that helps older adults and other job seekers to develop new work skills and to find jobs, rang bells (pictured right) on Capitol Hill on June 6, 2018 to thank Congressional leaders and staff for their support of the…

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ABLE Age Adjustment Act

6/5/2018 – Action Alert: Help Ensure Families Can Save for Their Children with Disabilities   Latest Action (4/4) – Bill introduced in the U.S. Senate (S. 817) and U.S. House (H.R. 1874)   Summary – This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to qualified…

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